Karnataka BJP dares CM Kumaraswamy to move trust vote in Assembly

An upbeat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday dared beleaguered Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to move a confidence motion in the state Assembly on Monday to prove that his shaky coalition government has a majority.

“Since Kumaraswamy himself offered to seek a trust vote and no business could be conducted in the House without proving he has a majority, he should request the Speaker to allow him to move it on Monday when the session resumes,” opposition BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa told reporters here.

To clear the air of uncertainty and end the political crisis gripping the southern state since 16 rebel legislators of the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) allies resigned from their Assembly seats, Kumaraswamy on Friday told Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar that he was ready to seek a trust vote or face a no-confidence motion if the BJP moves it against him during the 10-day monsoon session till July 26.

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